D -Dalai Lama

 

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The Dalai Lama is many things.  He is a leader, a philosopher, a teacher, a buddhist monk and he is also a writer.

I have been interested in world religions for many years.  The similarities of the messages was astounding to me the first time I realised it.  Society teaches us how things differ and very often it is with this mindset that we manage our own perceptions of the world we live in.  Whether it be religion, or social classes, or sexuality, we see only how different other groups of people are from ourselves and fail to see how fundamentally the same we are.

forgivenessOne of my favourite buddhist wisdoms is about Forgiveness. It’s about building bridges between people who you are at odds with. An enemy is not evil or wrong in the real world, as they are often portrayed in fiction, they simply have a different viewpoint. Having different beliefs and experiences means people act in different ways according to those beliefs. If we could begin to see the people we have a hard time getting along with in life, (be it societies we’re at war with or simply the person we work with who goes out of their way to make life difficult), as fundamentally the same, then we can begin the journey of forgiveness.

List of Works

In My Own Words

The Art of Happiness

A Simple Path”Basic Buddhist Teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World

Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama

The Four Noble Truths

An Open Heart: PRacticing Compassion in Everyday Life

Essential Teachings His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Dalai LAma’s Little Book of Inner Peace

The Dalai Lama’s Book of Awakening

The Dalai Lama’s Book of Love and Compassion

The Dalai Lama’s  Little Book of Wisdom

The Dalai Lama’s Book of Transformation

Reviews

dalai bookIn my own words gives a basic introduction to Buddhism. It talks about the fundamental belief system, ethics, philosophy and how to apply them practically in everyday living.  It also talks about meditation and gives a step by step process of mind training to help learn mindfulness and find inner peace. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy and our egos can put blocks to prevent us changing our own behavioural patterns. In my own words is a short book with all the information you’ll ever need about learning mindfulness. The trick is to use that wisdom and actually apply it meaningfully.

It’s down to you to follow the eightfold path.  Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness & Right Meditative Stabilisation.

 

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9 responses to “D -Dalai Lama

  1. The Dalai Lama is an amazing individual!

    People behave in different ways because we all have different viewpoints/beliefs/religions/lifestyles/experiences/customs… and ultimately, different realities.
    I think that if we could practise tolerance and acceptance of these differences, then we’d learn to forgive… just my two cents worth… 🙂

    Nice to meet you via the A to Z challenge.
    Writer In Transit

  2. Prior to living in Asia for five years, the only things I knew about the Dalai Lama, I learned from that movie with Brad Pitt. But, being so close to Tibet and the unrest in that region and did some researched and learned much more. I agree with Michelle, he is amazing.

  3. I share your love of world religions. That was one of my favorite studies in college, and I’m particularly fascinated with how they change over time in difference societies. It’s amazing–this evolution.

  4. I recently spent some time in Bali and was quite moved by the way the Buddhists seem to live their religion. I had one man explain to me that, to him, being religious wasn’t about time spent in church–it was about time spent helping and giving to others. What a wonderful, peaceful place!

    • You’re welcome. 🙂 Its a shame that many followers of specific religions become fanatical, it kind of warps the whole point of the religion in the first place. 😦

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